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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

Legislative protection for remote workers: A Canadian proposal | Tara Vasdani

As I began my employment law work in the digital nomad and remote workspace in 2018, I could not have predicted its uptick in 2020. Curious, courageous and inquisitive, I sought to explore how cybersecurity, contract law and employment legislation could or should apply to workers working outside of the jurisdiction of their employers, or at home. ... [read more]

Friday, October 09, 2020 @ 2:48 PM

Give thanks in 2020? Objection, Your Honour | Marcel Strigberger

“Thank you. Thank you very much." I doubt even the King, Elvis, were he around, could say it and mean it this Thanksgiving. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 08, 2020 @ 12:34 PM

Time to put civil justice out to pasture? | Michael Lesage

Objectively speaking, the Ontario court system has long functioned poorly, a state of affairs much aggravated by COVID-19. Long delays in criminal prosecutions continue to result in dismissed cases, despite the dictates of the Jordan decision (R. v. Jordan 2016 SCC 27). The Ontario family law system can charitably be described as a shambles and is perhaps best known for its Byzantine rules and procedures (see CLEO Family Law flowcharts) and close to 60 per cent rate of self-representation. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 08, 2020 @ 8:47 AM

Wellness: Living in the moment | Darryl Singer

I wrote about this topic about this on my old personal blog almost 10 years ago. Sadly, the problem has only gotten worse. I speak of this societal desire to document by photograph or video one’s every experience, and then to post same to social media. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 07, 2020 @ 11:39 AM

Wrongful convictions: Much work remains to be done | Ron Dalton and Kirk Makin

It is that time of year again when the seasonal fall of leaves and the frosty air reminds us all of the pending Canadian winter, it is also the time we pause to recognize that, despite our collective best efforts, wrongful convictions continue to occur in this country and that many individuals remain incarcerated for crimes they did not do or even, in some instances, for crimes which never occurred. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 07, 2020 @ 8:45 AM

COVID, opportunity and future of family law | Gary Joseph

I have been fortunate to professionally grow up in an era of family law giants. I have negotiated with and against, litigated with and against and learned from the likes of Malcolm Kronby, Alan Poole, Harold Berry, Phil Epstein and many other of the now gone greats. I have spent years attending courts run by Justices Abraham Lieff, George Walsh and Gertrude Speigel, three jurists who stood family law on its head and turned the approach to it 180 degrees. Finally, I have had the privilege of being mentored by one of the great teachers and gentleman of the bar, the late James C. MacDonald. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 06, 2020 @ 11:12 AM

Criminal records: Punishment beyond the crime | Jeffrey Hartman and Thomas Haughian

As the Criminal Records Act turns 50 this year, is it time to reconsider criminal records in Canada? The use of criminal record checks has been increasing at approximately seven per cent per year. Despite the lack of a correlation between criminal convictions and reoffending, many Canadians believe criminal record checks are a valid screening tool for employment, housing and other opportunities. Today, one in 10 Canadians has a criminal record. That is 3.8 million Canadians impaired by systemic barriers and stigmatized by their criminal record, even after they pay their debt to society. It is in our best interest that individuals convicted of crimes are rehabilitated to become contributing members of the community. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 06, 2020 @ 8:36 AM

Welcome progress in fight against corruption in sport | Richard Pound

The convictions of a number of sports officials last month before le Tribunal correctionnel de Paris was a welcome outcome and perhaps a harbinger of further progress in efforts to clean up the governance of sport organizations. ... [read more]

Monday, October 05, 2020 @ 8:33 AM

The Coach: Where are the profits? Part one | Gary Mitchell

So, you want your practice or firm to become more profitable? I assume that because you are reading this. What I intend to do in this two-part series is to lay out what I believe are some the key elements of becoming more profitable. ... [read more]

Friday, October 02, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

Send in the juries | Marcel Strigberger

It’s a mad, mad, world. The province of Ontario in its wisdom has resumed jury trials. ... [read more]